Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Additional information to help with waste reduction

Reuse by turning trash into treasures with craft and decorating ideas from The Goddess of Garbage.

Reduce junkmail:

  • Catalog Choice is a free service that helps you reduce the unwanted catalogs you receive.
  • DMAchoice is a free service provided by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) that helps you reduce the unwanted credit offers, catalogs, magazine offers and other mail offers sent by DMA member companies.  DMA sets standards for membership and requires members to respect the mail preferences submitted.
  • Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers by calling 1-888-5OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit OptOutPrescreen.com.
  • Use Valpak Mailing List Removal to eliminate Valpak coupon mailings.
  • 41pounds.org is a fee-based service that helps you reduce your junkmail.  They help reduce unwanted mail for 5 years for a one time fee of $41.
  • Opt out of receiving Yellow Pages directories at www.yellowpagesoptout.com.

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation's Consumer Guide to Stopping Junkmail has more information about reducing junkmail and spam email.  Copies of MassDEP's Junk Mail Reduction Kit are available at Town Hall in the Environmental Management office.

Recycle CDs and DVDs.  Discs, as well as their inserts and packaging can be recycled with the Compact Disc Recycling Center of America.  Check their website for instructions on how to package them and where to mail them.  Best Buy also accepts discs and jewel cases for recycling at their stores, as well as a variety of electronics and related items.

Reduce your use of plastic bags. To save energy and resources, prevent the need for plastic bags to be manufactured by using reusable bags.  Get a free window cling to put on your vehicle to remind you to bring your reusable bags when you shop from Conserving Now. Reuse the plastic bags you already have.  Plastic bags can be used over and over for carrying purchases home.  Plastic bags can be given new life by using them in craft projects such as Crocheted Placemats.  Search the web for "plastic bag crafts" for many more ideas. Recycle plastic bags at most grocery stores.  It's not just grocery store bags that are recyclable.  Other types of flexible plastic (known as "film") can also be recycled with grocery bags, including dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, case wrap, paper towel wraps, and more.  For a more complete list, go to plasticbagrecycling.org.For more information about plastic bags in Massachusetts, see the MA Department of Environmental Protection's Sack The Bag! pamphlet.

Check out the lifecycle of paper and cellphones at secret-life.org.